Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Dasha Zhukova: Hippest Designer, most artistic Editor and now rumoured gold digger?


Dasha aka Daria has a fashion line, an art gallery, now appointed editor of a fashion magazine, and is having a Russian oligarch's baby. Is this why people are calling her a gold digger?

Interview Magazine gassed her up and I love it! Unfortunately, there is going to be a lot of loving-her-or-hating-her going around when the first issue of Pop magazine with her as editor hits the stands in September. She is a fierce art and fashion luminaire..people ask if she is a role model for little Russian girls. Who cares! Some say she is a horrible money-hungry slattern who is using her rich boyfriend to finance her hobbies? Who cares!

Real Name: Daria Zhukova
Age: 28
Residence: London,lots of time in Moscow, L.A., and other capitals.

Source of Wealth: Roman Abramovich, her Russian billionaire boyfriend—and, if you're going to sell your womb for billions of dollars, there are uglier guys to sell it to. Just saying. Her Dad, Alexander, an oil magnate who was once held in Tunisia for arms dealing, is chipping in too.

Background: Parents divorced in the early '90s, Dasha's mother Elena, a microbiologist, moved her first to Houston and then to L.A. She studied biology and literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent her senior year in Moscow and has been a habitué ever since.

Famous Ex: Russian tennis player Marat Safin.

Famous Friends:

Stella McCartney 
Jeff Koons 
Natalia Vodianova, model 
Derek Blasberg, writer (who did the Interview, um, interview) 


Projects:

Launched L.A.-based fashion line Kova & T in 2007 with friend Christina Tang. It became famous for it's latex leggings and hipster aesthetic (see left). 
Started the Center for Contemporary Culture (better known as The Garage), a modern art gallery built in a converted Moscow bus depot, last June. After a lavish opening where Amy Winehouse performed, it's first show was by Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Next up was items borrowed from the François Pinault collection and followed by a collaboration between director David Lynch and shoe designer Christian Louboutin. Is a venue for the Moscow Art Biennial next month. 

Named editor-in-chief of British fashion magazine Pop in February, to replace founding editor Katie Grand, who left to open Condé Nast's Love. The first issue under her reign comes out until September. The fashion world hasn't been keen on her appointment considering her lack of editorial experience. Monday, the mag's cover by Damien Hirst leaked. 

She is due to give birth in November!